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New Arrivals

     

Chords Aplenty—How to choose GREAT chords to play the music you love on diatonic and chromatic autoharp 

This book should be in every autoharpist's library  
        —Master Luthier and Autoharp Hall-of-Famer Tom Fladmark, Pennsylvania

An essential resource and reference volume that will help you choose the right chord to play at the right time.  Includes 41 pages of chord lists (successfully test-driven by my B&B students who do not read music) and 21 tunes demonstrating chord use, plus valuable, simple description about how to determine a tune's key, how to understand and use color chords (seventh, ninth, sus4/sus2, dim7 and augmented), an exclusive section on how to flesh out a melody's back-up chords by ear, followed by lots of practical advice to help uncover those chords that make for a satisfying listening experience.  This book explains music theory as it relates to the autoharp, and is bound to change the way even the most experienced autoharpist thinks about chords.  (And who knows?  Maybe what's here applies to guitar, piano, etc., too!)  164 pages including 21 tunes and over 200 illustrations, fully indexed and spiral-bound to lay flat while you use it.  Click here to view sample pages.  Note: Audio files that you'll be able to download from this web site are in process.  Buy the book now and you'll be notified by email when they are available.

$32 Order now!

 

Recordings, etc.

     

Contra-Intuitive—Dance music for hammered dulcimer and piano, unlike anything you've heard!  

I listened through the CD three times tonight.  Holy Toledo, you are a smokin' hammered dulcimer player!  I LOVE hearing what you do with your instrument.  Fabulous...The tune "Amelia" is exquisite.  Lovely.  Excellent, excellent work.        —Judy Ganser, Wisconsin

Lucille Reilly and pianist Jill Smith introduce each tune "the way it goes" (to their ears, anyway; this is folk music, after all), and then they interpret it: Lucille noodles all over, painting each tune with the sounds of fresh, resonant variations, which Jill supports by tickling the ivories imaginatively.  Together, Lucille and Jill create a listening experience that will bring you back to this CD again and again.  These masterfully arranged fiddle tunes for contra dancing (and a weekend breakfast, vacuuming your house, etc.!), plus one hambo and one waltz, will have you tapping your toes in no time. Better yet, grab a partner and dance!

Woo Hoo!  Leg slappin' goooood!...I think I listened to it four times tonight already.  Such happy musicand the subtle rhythms are astonishing!  My dog dances with me, too.  It's too funny!      
        —Louise Del Vecchio, New Jersey

Selections include: Dick Gossip’s Reel  *  Double Lead Through/Cincinnati  *  Pretty Little Dog/Liberty  *  Tenpenny Bit/Morrison’s Jig  *  Waiting for Nancy (Curt Bouterse)  *  Karis Pers Polska  *  Ragtime Annie  *  Swallowtail Jig/Swallowtail Reel  *  Reel des jeunes mariés/Eddie’s Reel  *  Fair Jenny’s Jig (Peter Barnes)/Dancing Bear (Bob McQuillen)  *  Scotland the Brave/Golden Slippers  *  Amelia (Bob McQuillen)  

$15  Order now!

     

Thus Sings My Soul— A CD of inspiring hymns (plus two secular pieces) showcasing Lucille's mastery of both hammered dulcimer and diatonic autoharp (including the ultratonic variety).  Selections include: 

Morning Has Broken, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, Amazing Grace, Stand Up for Jesus, How Great Thou Art, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Wondrous Love, O'Carolan's Concerto, There Is a Fountain, Fisher's Hornpipe and more.  $15.00   Dulcimer players: Before you order, click here!   Order now!

The arrangements are simple and lush.    —Dulcimer Players News

A compelling gift of arrangement.    —Eileen Roys (editor of "Autoharp Clearinghouse")

I really enjoy the song selections.  You could tell the effort put into the song selection and song order.  It is a wonderful recording.  [then in a separate note:]...We had a bomb threat (sad reality of public schools) and I had two of our autistic students in my car keeping warm.  I put your CD on and it kept them calm.    —James Phillips, Illinois

 

 

Hammers

     

Made exclusively for Shadrach Productions, these single-sided hammers are the same ones Lucille plays with, which you can also find illustrated on page 2 (Fig. 1-3) of Striking Out and Winning! (2nd ed.).  Of particular note is that the handles are flat on top, inviting an ergonomically friendly hold that can give you your best shot at obtaining a resonant, full-bodied sound.  (Remember: sound comes from more than the dulcimer--the hold is also described in Striking Out's 2nd ed., beginning on page 15.)  The pair in the photo are made of maple and rosewood, but we regularly receive a variety of wonderful wood combinations.  Buy two pairs and apply leather to one.  $35 per pair.  Order now!

     

 

Hammered Dulcimer

     

       Striking Out and Winning! A music-maker's guide for the hammered dulcimer—First published in 1984, Striking Out's second edition (1992) remains the best hammered dulcimer book on the market!  Aside from 50 great fiddle tunes (including Soldier's Joy, Liberty, Golden Slippers, The Irish Washerwoman, Drowsy Maggie, St. Anne's Reel and more), you'll find complete instructions on how to find your way around all those strings (there are a lot of them, aren't there?), how to view them in a series of visual patterns that lead to tunes, how to play rhythms, plus valuable tips on how to play easily, using revolutionary ideas about how to hold the hammers and strike the strings, and what playing the dulcimer feels like.  Bountiful exercises will help you play easily, and many of them are drawn from the tunes, giving you still more ways to reduce your learning time so you can get to the playing.  Temporarily out of print.  Desperate for a copy?  Our dealers still have some.  Click here and we'll tell you who's got a copy.  Or, if you don't mind a book that's been poured over (literally), visit The Hall Closet to order what's left in factory seconds.

 

     
The companion CDs to the book--This set of 3 CDs contain all 50 tunes (played once slowly on the dulcimer along, then once up to tempo with guitar accompaniment) as well as all exercises in Chapter 4 (many of which are drawn from the tunes).  It coordinates with both the 2nd and forthcoming editions.  A terrific help to those needing aural assistance, as well as to those who read music but want to gain a better feel for the tunes in particular.  Handsomely packaged in an unbreakable plastic wallet.
$35.  Order now!

        I have never read more thorough instruction for playing any instrument....you could not, not learn to play if you follow Lucille's step-by-step instructions.    —Bluegrass Unlimited

        With your detailed and dedicated approach to the nuts and bolts of technique and theory, I'm "Reilly" learning the dulcimer!!  For the first time, I can play with other musicians even when I don't know a lot of their repertoireand that's what it's half about for me!    —Janet Parkerson, CA

        Dear Lucille: Tried the hammer holding positions in Chapter 2 and can clearly hear the improvement in tone.  I'm amazed!!!    —Roger Mace, OH

     

The Hammered Dulcimer A-Chording to Lucille ReillyA-Chording clearly explains music theory as it relates to the dulcimer, especially when it comes to chords.  In this book, you'll discover all the possible ways to play triads and inversions, the different types of chords, how to navigate your way easily through two- and three-octave arpeggios, and then learn to play several back-up techniques so you can chord along at jam sessions.  Includes the chords to all 50 tunes in Striking Out and Winning!    $27.95    Order now!    
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        Probably the most complete book on chording for dulcimer players that will ever be written.  Lucille slowly dissects every aspect of chord playing and takes it from the magical level of "You just do it like this!" (whatever this is!) to a logical and rational series of steps that can be followed with success by any intermediate level dulcimer player.    —Mitzie Collins, dulcimer performer/recording artist, NY

        A-Chording has been helpful getting some simple concepts into my head that I just couldn't seem to click on before.  I've had the book about three days.    —Jim Peterson, WI

    

Thus Sings My Soul: The Hammered Dulcimer Solos (from the CD)—A handful of Lucille's pencil drafts (from 1980-1998) made reality!  Each piece also sheds insight on how to arrange tunes for solo dulcimer, from a 26-year master of the craft of sustain.  Each solo runs 3-4 pages in length and is note for note as on the CD.  Includes Sweet Hour of Prayer (click here to view an excerpt), Stand Up for Jesus (click here to view an excerpt; this comes with a separate guitar accompaniment), How Great Thou Art, Wondrous Love, Amazing Grace, Fisher's Hornpipe (with guitar), and Standing on the Promises (a duet with diatonic autoharp).  A substantial introductory section offers handy learning tips for each piece, and more.  54 pages, with comb binding.  $16.00 alone, OR $29.00 in combination with the CD.   Order now!

You open the book, and there's the music!  This book needs to be on every dulcimer player's music stand.    —Charles Snyder, CO

I am listening now to your CD Thus Sings My Soul from an entirely different perspective and have begun working on "Stand Up For Jesus" with you looking over my shoulder, encouraging me.  Your notation in this book makes it easier to recognize what should be emphasized.  I wish I lived closer to you!    Deanna Mitchell, MI

I'm so glad Lucille arranged these hymns so that I don't have to.  A lot of dulcimer players will be happy to know that these are in print, sparing them endless listening to the CD to replicate what's there.    —Argenta LeBlanc, TX

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Autoharp

     
The Pumping Felt Monograph Series
       
For diatonic autoharp.  Each monograph (roughly 28-32 pages) delves deeply into one topic to help you master the instrument, the music, and the musician.  Most are geared for experienced diatonic autoharpists who are beyond the basics yet find they need to fill in some gaps.

     
Vol. 1: Forked Deer—What happens when you develop a tune as much as you can melodically?  Here is my interpretation of one simple tune, over seven variations, to play and study.  (Would I really perform a tune with that many play-throughs?  Find out in this monograph!)  The original tune and all variations appear in music notation with melody chords and commentary about fingering, chord choice, special effects, overall feel, etc.  Includes a section at the end explaining how to arrange tunes.  An essential reference for every performer and contest contender who wants to do more than play one version of a tune over and over again.  Plus, it's not just for autoharp; it's for every instrumentalist and singer who wants to think beyond a melody as they currently know it.  Click here to hear the original tune.    $12.00     Order now!

“…beautifully laid out and explained…a whole new dimension to the autoharp that will intrigue and, with the help of an easy-going, understandable text, introduce interesting and challenging techniques for long-time players as well as new ones….Thanks so much!”

Meg Peterson, author of The Complete Method for Autoharp and Chromaharp

    
Vol. 2: The Flowers of Edinburgh
(revised edition)—Through this one Scottish tune, discover how to create a solid melody-chord progression while maintaining back-up chord sound and developing smooth fingering.  Eight versions of the tune take you through the process; you perform a step on one version and then see the answers, and the next step, on the next version.  Use the same process to find rock-solid, basic chord progressions for your favorite tunes.

New in the revised edition: More detailed instructions about how to create a bass line, with clearer explanations throughout.  
This is a valuable reference for the diatonic autoharpist to have handy when harmonizing all of the tunes in one's repertoire.   
 $15.00.  Temporarily out of print, with projected release for a new edition in December 2013.

Also available for visually impaired autoharpists: The same edition ready for Grade 1 Braille conversion, on CD-ROM or on paper for scanning.  The teaching format is the same as the print version, with extra text helps to guide the fingers around; some illustrations appear in dots.  Included on the CD is an ink-printable reference page to enable study with sighted players, plus the MIDI files.  Oh, and an autoharp is rendered in dots on the front cover! 122 pages when embossed.  $18 in CD or hard-copy format.     Order now!

Vol 5: How to Create and Play the Ultratonic Autoharp—After Lucille won both the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship and the International Autoharp Championship in 1995, she explored this little-charted area of diatonic territory, created by the late Marty Schuman.  Now you can explore it, too.  This monograph takes you step by step through the conversion process, then starts you playing simple songs on this fascinating diatonic variant that's more mistake-proof than "normal" diatonic autoharps. Includes helpful charts showing ten "sort of" I-IV-V progressions, and the results of depressing any two chord bars together (but if you think you're going to play that way all the time, you're missing the point of this incredibly resonant and harmonious instrument).
$15.00    Order now!        Go to the errata page

        There have been several short articles in Autoharp Quarterly through the years explaining what the ultratonic autoharp is and how to play it, but nothing as comprehensive as this monograph....Very detailed and thorough instructions....Lucille's explanations are so clear that you will learn the things you need to know.  Practical tips that come from her years of experience are sprinkled throughout the instructions.    —Autoharp Quarterly

     Click here to view the rest of the Pumping Felt monographs currently available.  More are on the way!

 

Body Mapping

     
What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body        by Barbara Conable
          A must-have for anyone who plays a musical instrument, for it is we who play our instruments and not the instruments themselves.  We can do our bodies in (some, unfortunately, already have) if we don't understand how they are designed to function for a lifetime of great music making.  Since 2005, this book has been my constant companion wherever I go to teach, and its impact has been positive on my students, helping them to play with easily and with greater musicality.  An easy, informative read with loads of clear illustrations and a good dose of humor.  $21.95    Order now!

 

Coming Attractions

  • A diatonic autoharp instruction book.  Loads of tunes, how-tos for chord usage, picking techniques and much more.  Click here to be on the mailing list.

  • Endless CDs.

  • Improvisations for hymns and carols, all scored for dulcimer, organ and congregation!

  • A how-to volume on "self-chorded" tunes for hammered dulcimer.

  • A composers' guide to the hammered dulcimer.

  • The story of my "sabbatical" working in Yellowstone National Park.  (A subject remotely related to the music in my life.)

  • A tunebook series!  Each book showcases about 25 tunes, plus a tutorial.  Some volumes also include mini-lessons to help you develop new techniques to apply to music from fiddle-tune books, sheet music, etc.  Each book uses the same techniques and notational symbols as Striking Out and Winning!  Vol. 1 (Reels) and Vol. 2 ("fill-in" tunes) are on the way. Want to be notified about their release?  Click here to be on the mailing list.

  • Something else?  for new products.

 

Transcriptions

        Got a song or tune you composed but can't write down?  Or does a scrawled score need to be professionally typeset before you can put it in your church bulletin or send it off to a publisher for consideration?  Or, do you need to preserve a tradition of folk music accurately?  Click here.


     

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